Job: Horticultural Specialist

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

The City of Aurora is looking for two Horticultural Specialists to join it's team as contingent employees. This position starts in March and ends in October. It will work part-time hours until mid-May, full time hours until the end of September and part-time hours though October.

The Horticultural Specialist performs skilled manual and technical work involved in the maintenance of the Aurora Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, works with and helps train volunteers, assists in educating customers in xeriscape principles and techniques and assists with work planning by scheduling, organizing, and securing materials and equipment for the accomplishment of assigned tasks.

Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. The values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the city of Aurora, we value integrity, respect, professionalism and customer service as those core values and we attribute those values to our success as an organization, both as an employer and a servant of the community. If you hold these same values, we welcome you to apply.

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains existing garden features
  • Schedules, organizes, and secures materials for garden projects
  • Installs and repairs irrigation system as needed
  • Assists in organizing volunteer work projects and in training volunteers
  • Educates garden visitors and customers on water-wise principles and Aurora's water conservation programs
  • Works weekends as needed
  • Performs additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Associate's Degree in a field related to area of assignment.

Experience: 2 years of horticulture or landscape installation and maintenance or irrigation system repair and installation experience.

Education/Experience Equivalency: A combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirements on a year for year basis.

Knowledge: Knowledge of methods, techniques, and equipment used in xeriscape/water-wise landscaping, horticulture, irrigation and applicable safety practices and procedures.

Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; maintain records and logs; and perform activities common to assigned maintenance function. Ability to work evenings as needed and at least one weekend per month.

Skills: Must exhibit strong customer service skills.  Volunteer coordination, public speaking, plant identification, and landscape design skills are highly desired.

Licenses, Certificates or Equipment Required: Colorado driver's license with a good driving history. This position requires employee to wear protective clothing including durable trousers and safety toe work boots. 
This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of Colorado friendly landscape principles and water-wise plants.
  • Possess customer Service experience

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Moderate to heavy physical work depending upon assigned function; may require ability to lift a maximum of 80 pounds with assistance; may lift and carry objects weighing up to 60 pounds; considerable walking, standing and kneeling; frequently performs activities requiring a full range of body movement including bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and climbing; hand/eye and hand/foot coordination for operation of tools, equipment, and vehicles; vision to read manuals; speech communication to communicate with employees and citizens.
Work Environment: Works primarily outdoors with exposure to all weather conditions, noise, dust, fumes, and chemicals.
Equipment Used: Operates tools, equipment, and vehicles common to landscape maintenance and irrigation system repairs.

For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.


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